You don’t have to use the DNS servers your Internet Service Provider gives you. A DNS server (Domain Name System) is a machine on the Internet that translates the website name you type into your browser into the server IP address where the web page resides. DNS servers need to be continuously maintained and monitored for problems. If you are using a bad DNS, you could experience issues getting to certain web pages while others load perfectly fine. Or a problematic DNS could cause your Internet connection to run slower than it should. So if you’re having random problems with pages not loading, try changing your DNS settings and see if that helps.
Change your DNS Settings On Your Router
Changing the DNS settings on the router is best, as it will apply then to every computer on the network. All router configuration pages are different, so you may need to lock up documentation for your router to find the DNS settings and change them. You’ll first need to login to your router through your web browser. This is normally done by typing in either http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1. Be sure to write down your current DNS numbers so you can switch back if there are any issues.
- Log into the router
- find the DNS settings
- Change them to any of the ones listed below
Public DNS Servers
You can use either of those DNS servers. Services such as OpenDNS give you additional features such as monitoring and restricting websites. These are all free, so be sure to experiment and see which ones work the best for you. If you have recommendations for other, be sure to let us know.